Oct. 17, 2012
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Tournament Central - Schedule & Updated Draws
AUBURN, Ala. - The top collegiate men's tennis players from the states of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana will convene at the City of Auburn/Auburn University Tennis Center this weekend for the USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships, which runs Thursday-Monday.
Play will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with start times for action Sunday and Monday to be announced. Admission is free for all sessions of the tournament, which will include a main draw and a consolation draw for singles and a main draw for doubles.
A total of 10 schools will send competitors to the tournament. In all, 75 players from Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Samford, South Alabama, Troy, Tulane and UAB will compete for a regional title and a trip to New York for next month's USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships.
Auburn senior Andreas Mies will look to defend his tournament title at this event. Last year, he won six straight matches in the main draw, defeating Ole Miss' Jonas Lutjen in the championship match, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, to clinch a berth in the National Indoors.
Mies, seeded second in the singles draw, will lead a group of five Auburn players scheduled to compete. Seniors Lucas Lopasso (No. 5 seed) and Michael Wardell will join sophomores Lukas Ollert and Lucian Gheorghe as Auburn's other entries in the main singles draw.
All five Auburn players received first-round byes in singles. Ollert will open second-round play against Mississippi State's Zach White, Gheorghe will face Troy's Andre Stabile, and Wardell will play Samford's Fares Kilani on Thursday morning. Mies and Lopasso will both have to wait for first-round matches to find out their initial opponents.
Complete draws for both singles and doubles will be available later Wednesday night at AuburnTigers.com, and results and tournament draws will be updated throughout the week.